Date of Award

Fall 12-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Applied Developmental Psychology



Major Professor

Dr. Paul J. Frick

Second Advisor

Dr. Monica A. Marsee

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Laird


The present study examined the relationship between callous-unemotional (CU) traits and self-reported leadership characteristics during group crimes among 614 first-time offenders participating in a large multi-site study. Resistance to peer influence (RPI) and self-esteem (SE) were hypothesized to mediate the relationship between CU traits and leadership during group crime. The results indicated that youth with CU traits were more likely to commit crimes with others. Further, although youth with CU traits reported they came up with the idea for crimes and were leaders during group crimes, these relationships were not mediated by RPI and SE. Future research on youth with CU traits characteristics during group crimes is recommended and implications for tailored treatments of this population are discussed.


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